To pick to pieces

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To pick to pieces to pull apart piece by piece; hence Colloq, to analyze; esp., to criticize in detail.
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Usage

In literature:

When he "feels" a piece of gum with his rod he needs only to use his pick to capture it.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
Of course he and Mr. Miller went straight to work and tried to pick up the pieces.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett
Picked up corner Sixth and Maine time the chink dragon went to pieces.
"Owen Clancy's Happy Trail" by Burt L. Standish
I picked up a hammer and tried to break it to pieces.
"Land of the Burnt Thigh" by Edith Eudora Kohl
When she was picked up she was dead and almost cut to pieces.
"The Opal Serpent" by Fergus Hume
I picked it up, saying to myself, as I turned the gold piece over in my hand, 'I wonder when you got there?
"The Devil" by Joseph O'Brien
A number of loose pieces floating at a sufficient distance from each other, for a ship to be able to pick her way among them.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Eu kas rub against, scratch; Dak kashe rub against, kaza pick to pieces.
"The Dakotan Languages, and Their Relations to Other Languages" by Andrew Woods Williamson
I went back to my companions and explained, and before evening we had picked the scarecrow to pieces.
"The New Education" by Scott Nearing
An attempt to slowly undermine it, or to pick it to pieces, would be overheard and lead to discovery.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
Pick a very stale woodcock or snipe, and cut it to pieces, after having removed the bag from the entrails.
"The Cook and Housekeeper's Complete and Universal Dictionary; Including a System of Modern Cookery, in all Its Various Branches," by Mary Eaton
After you have partaken to-day of its coffee and its cakes, it will pick you to pieces.
"The First Violin" by Jessie Fothergill
We had to move the boat, pick up the lost piece of line, and knot it to the other.
"Tales of Fishes" by Zane Grey
You understand, he picks a suit to pieces, and makes use of the bits as patterns.
"With Wolseley to Kumasi" by F.S. Brereton
I pity any man that is picking the old Book to pieces.
"The Overcoming Life" by Dwight Moody
One of the men in the front row moved forward to pick up the pieces.
"The Social Gangster" by Arthur B. Reeve
But when the ship had gone to pieces, and the crew were all lost, who would blame Jack for picking up all he could find?
"Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry" by William Butler Yeats
He was very hungry, and he picked up a piece of corn bread to eat with it.
"The Red Mustang" by William O. Stoddard
Her fair face was flushed, and she was nervously picking some of the blossoms to pieces; before her stood Mounteagle, speaking eagerly.
"Beatrice Boville and Other Stories" by Ouida
Picking up a piece of driftwood, he fed it to the dying embers of the fire.
"Dan Carter and the River Camp" by Mildred A. Wirt
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In poetry:

"I cannot bear to watch this piece meal starving,
So, while they run and play,
Or gather fagots for me, or pick berries
To eat, I'll come away!"
"Hop-O-My-Thumb" by Clara Doty Bates
Then she asked the man at the windlass if he'd had any luck,
But he picked up a piece of candle and then a match he struck;
Then Jenny asked the miner, What is that for?
And he replied to blast the mine, which I fear and abhor.
"Jenny Carrister, The Heroine of Lucknow-Mine" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Rodarte die-hards had the chance to pick up some pieces from the Fall collection just days before the much-hyped Target collab is set to debut.
A mom has to pick up the pieces in explaining the bad breaks for her children's heroes in the past week.
Now, the different pieces of a multi-line order are picked simultaneously and conveyed to a consolidation area where they are married together.
Villagers in northern Syria picked pieces of a downed fighter jet from an olive grove Wednesday after rebel fighters claimed to have shot down three government aircraft in 24 hours.
"I've really tried to pick pieces and new projects that inspire me, that I know will help me grow," Wolfe says of the artistic choices she's made.
(AP) — Embarrassed on Monday night, the Arizona Cardinals are left to try to pick up the pieces of a season that once seemed so promising but now shows signs of a free fall.
As Oakland Picks Up The Pieces, Washington To Evict Occupy Protesters.
When you listen to the scanner, you sometimes pick up on a story that comes to you in bits and pieces.
As we've alluded to over the past several weeks, the United States economy has been picking up, despite continued worries over Europe and the occasional negative piece of economic data.
(CBS News) Staten Islanders had just started to pick up the pieces after superstorm Sandy when they were again threatened, this time by a nor'easter.
The Red Sox are trying to pick up the pieces before it gets too late to make a big push, however this latest move has many scratching their heads.
But more importantly, he's been there to pick up the pieces and assist those left in the wake.
Large pieces of insulation/debris should be picked up out of pastures to limit risk of digestive problems.
1 for the third straight year, practically sprinted to the podium to grab the player they believe is the next piece of a core that includes center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and winger Taylor Hall, the top picks in the previous two drafts.
The Tennessee Titans are trying to figure out how to pick up the pieces after adding another disappointing first to their resume.
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In science:

At this point, let us put the pieces together and show that picking an arbitrary max clique M as an end of G and defining ≺M is a useful way to obtain information about the structure of G.
Capturing Polynomial Time on Interval Graphs
However this difficulty can be minimized by working out the examples provided, i.e., readers are encouraged to pick, copy the required bases and rays from Table 1 on a piece of paper and check the expected features accordingly.
Three Simple Algorithms to Generate Kochen-Specker Sets with Thirty Six, Thirty Eight and Forty Rays in Three-qubit System
Of course, the idea is to pick up each other’s pieces and synthesize the QG icon.
`Iconoclastic', Categorical Quantum Gravity
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